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2019 Venice Biennale Artist List is Out, Selection Includes Njideka Akunyili Crosby,  Arthur Jafa, Kahlil Joseph, Julie Mehretu, Zanele Muholi, and Henry Taylor

2019 Venice Biennale Artist List is Out, Selection Includes Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Arthur Jafa, Kahlil Joseph, Julie Mehretu, Zanele Muholi, and Henry Taylor

  AN INTERNATIONAL SLATE of 79 artists has been selected to participate in the main exhibition at the 58th Venice Biennale. This year’s edition of the international exhibition is titled “May You Live in Interesting Times” and is curated by Ralph Rugoff, director of the Hayward Gallery in London. The 2019 Venice Biennale is May...
Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi Appointed Curator in Painting and Sculpture Department at Museum of Modern Art

Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi Appointed Curator in Painting and Sculpture Department at Museum of Modern Art

THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART (MoMA) has hired Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi. He is joining the New York City museum as the first Steven and Lisa Tananbaum Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture. Nzewi will be involved with all aspects of the department’s planning, programming, and scholarship, including acquisitions, developing exhibitions and catalogs, and...
Koyo Kouoh Named Executive Director and Chief Curator of Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town

Koyo Kouoh Named Executive Director and Chief Curator of Zeitz MOCAA in Cape Town

  THE LARGEST CONTEMPORARY ART MUSEUM in Africa has hired a new leader. The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) announced the appointment of Koyo Kouoh, who will serve as executive director and chief curator of the Cape Town, South Africa, museum. An international curator and cultural producer, Kouoh brings two decades of...
Latest News in African American Art: Hank Willis Thomas Designing King Memorial, History of Racism at MICA, Ghana and South Africa at Venice Biennale & More

Latest News in African American Art: Hank Willis Thomas Designing King Memorial, History of Racism at MICA, Ghana and South Africa at Venice Biennale & More

Rendering of “The Embrace” designed by Hank Willis Thomas with MASS Design Group. | Courtesy King Boston   The following review of the past week or so presents a snapshot of the latest news in African American art and related black culture:   Hank Willis Thomas Selected to Design King Memorial in Boston “The Embrace,”...
Tate Britain Plans Major Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Survey in 2020

Tate Britain Plans Major Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Survey in 2020

“The Generosity” (2010) by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye   THE FIRST MAJOR SURVEY of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye will be presented at Tate Britain next year. Spanning Yiadom-Boakye’s entire career to date, the monographic survey will be on view from May to August 2020. Known for her timeless portraits of fictional characters, Yiadom-Boakye made the shortlist for the Turner...
After Making California African American Museum Relevant Again, Naima J. Keith is Leaving for LACMA

After Making California African American Museum Relevant Again, Naima J. Keith is Leaving for LACMA

THREE YEARS INTO HER TENURE as deputy director and chief curator at the California African American Museum, Naima J. Keith is heading to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Keith has been named vice president of education and public programs at LACMA. She begins her new post April 1. “It’s a great time...
Oklahoma City Museum Acquires Kehinde Wiley Portrait Commissioned for Recent St. Louis Exhibition, Subject Proudly Dons 'Ferguson' Cap

Oklahoma City Museum Acquires Kehinde Wiley Portrait Commissioned for Recent St. Louis Exhibition, Subject Proudly Dons ‘Ferguson’ Cap

“Jacob de Graeff” (2018) by Kehinde Wiley   THE LATEST ADDITION to the collection of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art is “Jacob de Graeff,” a large-scale portrait by Kehinde Wiley. Brincel Kape’li Wiggins Jr., is the subject of “Jacob de Graeff.” He wears a cap with “Ferguson,” the neighborhood where Michael Brown was killed...
Latest News in African American Art: Mariane Ibrahim Gallery Moving to Chicago, Theaster Gates x Prada, Major Kerry James Marshall Painting in Detroit & More

Latest News in African American Art: Mariane Ibrahim Gallery Moving to Chicago, Theaster Gates x Prada, Major Kerry James Marshall Painting in Detroit & More

“Souvenir II” (1997) by Kerry James Marshall   The following review of the past week or so presents a snapshot of the latest news in African American art and related black culture:   Seattle Gallerist Mariane Ibrahim is Headed to Chicago After operating her eponymous gallery in Seattle for seven years, Mariane Ibrahim has decided...
In New Multiyear Partnership, Studio Museum in Harlem Will Present Exhibitions at MoMA and MoMA PS1

In New Multiyear Partnership, Studio Museum in Harlem Will Present Exhibitions at MoMA and MoMA PS1

Thelma Golden is organizing a solo show of painter Michael Armitage at MoMA in fall 2019.   ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS of the Studio Museum in Harlem’s exhibition programming is the annual group show presenting new work by budding artists in its Artist-in-Residence (AIR) program. Each cohort mounts a show at the conclusion of its...
High Museum of Art Awards 2019 David C. Driskell Prize to Scholar Huey Copeland

High Museum of Art Awards 2019 David C. Driskell Prize to Scholar Huey Copeland

THE LATEST RECIPIENT of the David C. Driskell Prize is scholar Huey Copeland. The High Museum of Art in Atlanta announced today the Northwestern University art historian is the winner of the 2019 prize, which includes a $25,000 cash award. Copeland will be honored on April 26 at a celebratory dinner at the museum. Copeland’s...
Mellon Foundation Issues Report on Art Museum Diversity, Findings Show Significant Progress for African American Curators

Mellon Foundation Issues Report on Art Museum Diversity, Findings Show Significant Progress for African American Curators

Los Angeles County Museum of Art   HISTORICALLY, THE U.S. MUSEUM FIELD has lacked diversity, with African Americans significantly underrepresented. A 2015 Art Museum Staff Demographic Survey by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation found 84 percent of art museum curators, educators, conservators, and leadership was white. People of color (blacks/African Americans, Asians, Hispanics, and those...
Latest News in African American Art: Rashid Johnson's 'Native Son' Acquired by HBO, David  Hammons Exhibition Planned at Hauser & Wirth L.A. & More

Latest News in African American Art: Rashid Johnson’s ‘Native Son’ Acquired by HBO, David Hammons Exhibition Planned at Hauser & Wirth L.A. & More

Director Rashid Johnson at Sundance   The following review of the past week or so presents a snapshot of the latest news in African American art and related culture:   Prioritizing Museum Board Diversity The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) is launching a three-year, $4 million initiative designed to diversify museum boards and leadership. A...
Latest News in African American Art: Aaron Fowler Wins Jacob Lawrence Prize, US Artists Fellows, Adrian Piper Exhibition Cancelled in Munich & More

Latest News in African American Art: Aaron Fowler Wins Jacob Lawrence Prize, US Artists Fellows, Adrian Piper Exhibition Cancelled in Munich & More

Portrait of artist Aaron Fowler, and “Derion,” 2018 by Folwer.   The following review of the past week or so presents a snapshot of the latest news in African American art and related culture:   Jacob Lawrence Prize Announced The Seattle Art Museum announced assemblage artist Aaron Fowler is the recipient of the 2019 Gwendolyn...
Howardena Pindell is Now Represented by Victoria Miro Gallery

Howardena Pindell is Now Represented by Victoria Miro Gallery

VICTORIA MIRO has announced its representation of Howardena Pindell. The UK-based gallery is working with the multidiscplinary artist in collaboration with Garth Greenan Gallery, her rep in New York. Pindell’s first exhibition with Victoria Miro is planned for June 2019 in London. Focusing primarily on abstraction and conceptualism, Pindell engages with personal, political and social...